Deploying multi-source sites to Netlify

Deploying one site (from a single source repo) to Netlify ain’t that hard – see my instructions here – but what if your sources are spread out across multiple repos? How do you combine the data without duplicating it into a monorepo? That’s exactly the problem Spatie was having for their the website holds […]

Hermes, a JavaScript engine optimized for running React Native on Android

Interesting announcement from Facebook: Hermes is an open-source JavaScript engine optimized for running React Native apps on Android. For many apps, simply enabling Hermes will result in improved start-up time, decreased memory usage and smaller app size. At this time Hermes is an opt-in React Native feature, and this guide explains how to enable it. […]

React: Forget about component lifecycles and start thinking in effects

Yesterday, while at a workshop, React Hooks (intro here) became the subject of discussion between participants. Someone in the audience asked how to easily map the classes+lifecycle way of thinking onto hooks, as she had trouble doing so. In short, my recommendation was to no longer think in lifecycles but to think in effects, as […]

Chart Design Guidelines at City Intelligence

At the City Intelligence unit at City Hall almost anyone can create a data visualisation. To keep everyone in line they created Data Design Guidelines: Effective communication of evidence and data through information design and data visualisation, is obviously important to help inform policy internally, but it is also just as important to help boroughs […]